FABIans bid farewell to two of their own – Drs Stuart Fraser and Birhan Abate – on 4 May. Friends and colleagues for a bittersweet send off, marking the pair’s last few moments at FABI.

Dr Fraser joined FABI as postdoctoral fellows in 2015 after completing his PhD degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. During his time at FABI, Dr Fraser studied the epidemiology and life cycle of Uromycladium acaciae, the causal agent of a rust disease in Acacia mearnsii plantations in Southern Africa.

Dr Abate completed his PhD degree in January this year and was one of nine PhD graduates at the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony on 2 May. He isolated and described a new species of nematode, Steinernema fabii (named after FABI), from soil samples at an Acacia mearnsii plantation in the Mpumalanga province while conducting his PhD research.

Prof. Mike Wingfield said farewells came not only with sadness but also hope for new collaborations in the future. We wish them the best in all their future endeavours! 

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Linnakoski R, Forbes KM, Wingfield MJ, Pulkkinen P, Asiegbu FO. (2017) Testing projected climate change conditions on the Endoconidiophora polonica / Norway spruce pathosystem shows fungal strain specific effects. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:883. 10.3389/fpls.2017.00883 PDF
Crous CJ, Burgess TI, Le Roux JJ, Richardson DM, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Ecological disequilibrium drives insect pest and pathogen accumulation in non-native trees. AoB Plants 9:plw081. 10.1093/aobpla/plw081
Swart V, Crampton BG, Ridenour J, Bluhm BH, Olivier NA, Meyer JJM, Berger DK. (2017) Complementation of CTB7 in the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina overcomes the lack of in vitro cercosporin production. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions First Look Online 10.1094/MPMI-03-17-0054-R
Wingfield MJ, Slippers B, Wingfield BD, Barnes I. (2017) The unified framework for biological invasions: a forest fungal pathogen perspective. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1450-0
Tanui CK, Shyntum DY, Priem SL, Theron J, Moleleki LN. (2017) Influence of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein on pathogenicity in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense. Plos One 5(12) 10.1371/journal.pone.0177647